Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

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How Does the Online Idea Party Work?

You have a dream or a wish, and an obstacle to getting there. (If you don’t think you know your wish, work through my kick-starter and read this post. To learn why you must put logic aside to find your dream, read the following.)

The online Idea Party is here to help you – and the other fellow party goers – with your wishes and obstacles.

Voices from Success Teams and Idea Parties:

Having a team to report to and hearing what everybody did each week is very exciting. It’s kept me moving all year. In the past I made some good starts on my own, but found, every time, when the energy ran out, I ran out. Now it doesn’t run out.
Jade G.
Children’s Playroom Therapist, New York Hospital

I would do a painting a year, a sketch a year. If it was only me I know I would never do it. Having to tell you makes all the difference. It’s crazy why I didn’t do this years ago, it’s so easy all of a sudden.
Caroline R. Personnel Executive, Macy’s Dept Store

Post Your Wish and Your Obstacle Here!

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4,260 thoughts on “Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

  1. Hello my name is Rose and my dream is to have a therapy farm for kids from troubled homes who need to feel safe and escape life’s stresses. It would be free for all children including little ones in foster homes & orphanges. It would allow them a place to connect with an animal that has been rescued from a bad situation or has a special need/disability and allow the child to open their blocked heart and feel a deep sense of purpose and connection with an animal who also experienced fear and trauma.

    My obstacle is the farm property in Boulder County where my community of friends all are and I know this are would embrace and support such a non-profit. Real estate here is so expensive and it’s in the millions for a small farm.

    I am open to leasing some farm space and have the animal experience as well as management skills. This is simply a place to have the animals and allow for visitors and parking.

    I realize my dream may mean leaving my hometown, but I thought I would try on here and see what happens! Throwing it out to the universe! Thanks everyone.

    • If you had the property, would fund-raising (to feed the animals and pay your helpers) be something you love doing? How about managing other people? Dealing with vendors who are late supplying food and supplies? Making sure you have the right insurance and licenses and legal paperwork? In many cases, these are obstacles waiting to happen for someone with a great idea, and the solution is to find a horse rescue place or a horse therapy place happy to handle all of that, where your special talents and interests and caring are needed.

      For example, Barbara Sher helped someone trying to raise cash to open a retreat center or spa to recognize that what she really loves is booking yoga instructors and mediation guides and guest speakers and sitting in on their classes. All of the rest of the job felt like work to her, work she imagined was necessary to live her dream. Yet many people happily running spas and retreat centers really dislike the part of the work that she loved, and she could serve multiple retreat centers and spas and spend time at all of them.

      Here are some places I found in your area that just might be waiting for someone like you to join them and their horses:
      https://chr.org/
      https://www.medicinehorse.org/
      https://www.rmridingtherapy.org/
      https://www.ctrcinc.org/
      https://www.equuslibere.com/
      https://www.wildsongranch.com/
      https://opalcounselingcenter.com/

      • These are all excellent points and I actually volunteer at a couple of the places you listed! I’m going to ask the one I don’t know yet, Medicine Horse, if I can volunteer and see what comes from that. They just moved to an enormous new location just 10 min. from me!! Thanks so much for taking the time to list all those links Patty!

  2. Hello my name is Rose and my dream is to have a therapy farm for kids from troubled homes who need to feel safe and escape life’s stresses. It would be free for all children including little ones in foster homes & orphanges. It would allow them a place to connect with an animal that has been rescued from a bad situation or has a special need/disability and allow the child to open their blocked heart and feel a deep sense of purpose and connection with an animal who also experienced fear and trauma.

    My obstacle is the farm property in Boulder County where my community of friends all are and I know this are would embrace and support such a non-profit. Real estate here is so expensive and it’s in the millions for a small farm.

    I am open to leasing some farm space and have the animal experience as well as management skills. This is simply a place to have the animal and allow for visitors and parking.

    I realize my dream may mean leaving my hometown, but I thought I would try on here and see what happens! Throwing it out to the universe! Thanks everyone.

    • While waiting to get your own property, could you approach one of the farm sanctuaries in your area and offer to start the program with the foster kids? Would give them publicity and you a start to building your program!

    • Not sure if this is relevant at all but it just sprung to mind. I worked with a lovely group of therapy farms here in the UK called jamies farm. They offer residentials for young people most likely leave the schooling systems for whatever reasons and are always looking for volunteers all training, food and accommodation provided. There may be something similar near you and you could find a way to volunteer for a week and just follow on from there sort of one step at a time and see who you meet and what connections you make. Or come to the UK!

      • This is such great advice, just get out there to the places that have the animals and start making the connections one by one to see what comes my way. I’m so grateful for your comment and this group. I was trying to bite off more than I can chew.

  3. Hi All,
    This is Layla from NY. Here are my wishes and obstacles. 1) I want a successful business doing these 4 things predominantly A: selling insurance I want people to be protected and create generational wealth for their families. I hate that people are not prepared for when life smacks them down. B: I want to be a life coach I have my first 2 clients but I want more. I would love to focus on scanners because Barbara’s work has been a light in my life in the best way possible and I want to do that for others. I first read Wishcraft in 1994 when I was 17. C: Copywriting because I think that is a skill that is essential to life. D: High Ticket Sales I want to be able to make major shifts in the world and being able to pull big money will be essential. I want to make at least $3M per year doing these things. 2) I want to have and work with a success team because I love the idea of helping make people’s dreams come true it was always my favorite concept in Barbara’s work. Having a team of people dedicated to that purpose seems incredibly awesome. 3) I want to get married to an amazing man and have children.

    My obstacles. I am not qualified enough yet, im on the verge. I am qualified for the insurance and the coaching but I need to work on the copywriting and High Ticket sales skills. I think I will be where I need to by January but I am not confident in taking clients in doing that yet. I need the guy to marry and have kids with. I need clients to make the above businesses a success. I have been trying to do everything alone and I forgot what Barbara said about isolation until I was telling someone I believed to be a scanner about her and she mentioned the Ted Talk and it was then I saw AHA! I forgot about that. Anyway that is where I am right now. I will read the comments below to see if I have any ideas to help anyone else. I have an abundance of them, all the time I want people to use them to make their dreams come true.

  4. Hello Louise Williams,

    I’m inspired by your reaching out ….

    This sentence you wrote caught my attention: “I want to live an adventurous life that it’s supported by my own business.”

    How long and where have you been living overseas and what have you been doing to make money and enjoy life?

    I’m pushing 8o (I just turned 78) I lived a gypsy lifestyle till my mid thirties.

    I’m an artist and own a trailer, but I’m too secure and comfortable where I live and feel stuck here surviving. Worst of it is I’m not skilled at sustaining relationships.

    I want to live an adventurous life that supports what I love: being in nature, continuing to learn in the area of arts and crafts and sharing my art and myself as an artist.

    My goal is to sell the trailer and buy an RV. But …………………..gotta find help to make this change up…..

    • Hi Joypallas,
      Have you thought about starting a YouTube channel to share your art. All you need is a cell phone. Also I believe dailypainting.com allows you to post your art daily so people can buy it. I have to double check but I am pretty sure that you can do that.

      How much do you think you can you get for your trailer to then be able to purchase the RV. Have you started researching the prices of RV’s yet?

  5. Hello everyone,
    I can’t believe I am doing this. I’m an introvert and it’s hard for me to express myself let alone my dreams or goals. I’ve been living overseas and I feel like my time in my current home has run out its course. However I don’t know where to move next. I’m almost 50 years old and I’m very stressed out about saving for retirement (having enough money for healthcare expenses and basic needs) and I want to live an adventurous life that it’s supported by my own business.

    I have been looking at the map of the world plenty of times trying to see if there’s a place that calls my attention but so far nothing has happened. As you can see, I am absolutely loss about what to do. Any guidance will be truly appreciated.

    • Hi, Loiuse!
      Maybe describe what would make you happy in a place? Like, do you love mountains, the ocean, or want a place with museums and nice restaurants….etc. That would help us help you find a place!
      And what is an adventurous life to you?
      And if you can’t describe what kind of place you would like to live, maybe write about what kind of place you absolutely would never want to live in and we can turn it around and find what you would like in a place. (A little trick Barbara had).
      Let us know some more info so we can help!

      • Hi Karla,
        Thanks for your questions! I think I’ll be happy in a place where my home is surrounded by mountains and greenery but close to a city or town where I can enjoy nice food and art and have a community that support my spiritual growth.

        Adventurous life is the opportunity to travel often with my dogs and partner to meet other communities, their food and their culture and h. I love learning about the history of the places I visit and how the communities grow and thrive. I also love learning new things; music, astrology, gardening, yoga and spiritual practices.

        Thanks from sharing Barbara’s trick I don’t want to live in a place with a lot of snow in the winter. I can handle some cold weather but extreme temperatures and towns of snow(hot and cold) are not great for my health.

        I don’t want to live in a place where I feel isolated or where I can’t connect with the locals. I also want find a place where you can access good health care services and there are plenty of activities for seniors. I want live in a place where people 50 plus are valued and play a key role in their community.

        Thanks Karla your questions are really valuable.

        • Hi Louise, your wish resonates with me because I’m looking for the same place. I’ve narrowed my search to a few states, which are all the way across the country from my current location. I turned 67 yesterday, and am a single woman with pets. I don’t know anyone in the places I’m considering. The logistics of moving and the fear of being lost and alone go around and around in my head.
          Forgive me for piggybacking on your post. I’d be interested in reading your insights about these things as you prepare to move. Thank you.

  6. Hi there S.K., thank you so much for your response – I am very grateful for your feedback!
    In reply: I am in my 4th year of this PhD, it got set back a lot by the lockdown during the pandemic. I like the idea of teaching via a blog, it would be possible once I’ve got the degree itself. I have actually tried teaching craft, and found this didn’t work in my home context. The issue was that I ended up teaching for low pay, instead of weaving art, myself. I like the investing idea, I will research that.
    Thank you too for your good wishes, and all the best to you too.

    • Oh, I see. I happen to know someone whose PhD got delayed by lockdown like you. But it still got completed, and so did the research of their colleagues who were in the same boat. Your research will work out too, because it’s not the unlikeliest thing in the world, and because it’s meant to be.
      That same person invests small amounts…that’s how I know that small bits of profit help.
      Thank you for your regards.

  7. Replying to drummer Ian in Nashville:

    Ian, try finding people to connect with via Stage 32. It is a large platform for creatives founded by Rich Botto. It is full of folks both starting out and deeply connected to the industry. All the best to you!

    Natalya

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